I hope, for your sake, that you have not chosen to listen to this recording because you are in the mood for a pleasant experience. If this is the case, I advise you to put down this audio instantaneously, because of all the audios describing the unhappy lives of the Baudelaire orphans, The Miserable Mill might be the unhappiest yet.
This recording, I'm sorry to inform you, contains such unpleasantries as a giant pincher machine, a bad casserole, a man with a cloud of smoke where his head should be, a hypnotist, a terrible accident resulting in injury, and coupons.
I have promised to record the entire history of these three poor children, but you haven't, so if you prefer stories that are more heartwarming, please feel free to make another selection.
With all due respect,
©2000 Lemony Snicket; (P)2001, 2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Snicket's tale lends itself to being read aloud, and what better person to do this than the author!" (AudioFile)
I had toyed with the idea of picking up these books on occasion at various places. After I heard the interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air (on my 40th birthday no less), I had to give these a try. This not just kidstuff (although they are completely kid appropriate). These are so much FUN!!! My husband and I listen to them over and over and laugh our heads off. Misery loves company -- and I am hooked. I wouldn't START with this one (go ahead to the first book if you haven't yet), but in context it's great.
The author is a horrible narrator (strong lisp), the editing is horrible, goes from very quiet to blast your ear drums loud, and the story has major plot holes an adults will see in an instant...
Worst book in the series so far. I struggled to finish it for sure! Lemony Snicket's acting is terrible and I have an extremely difficult time listening in general.
My kids and I (ages 9 and 12) loved the 1st 2 books of the series and we liked the 3rd one ok, primarily b/c it was narrated by the author who is not nearly as captivating as the other narrator.
This one in particular had so many audio issues. I found myself turning it up, and then down, and then up again every few minutes as the intonation of the voices was not even. The story was not nearly as interesting either in this book. Predictable and
Did not progress towards the overall story line of the series.
This book was a thriller and suspenseful. If you liked the first three books in this series then you should listen to this on. The narrator was great everything was clear and well preformed!
When the narrator spoke, he was very quiet and you had to turn the volume way up. Then when the characters spoke, they were extremely loud and blew out the speakers. The volume level of this Audio book need to be kept level because it was extremely difficult to listen to.
The story line however was great. I have been very pleased with all the previous Audio books in this series.
I love every book of Snicket's as each one is very clever, original and unique in their individualism, but Snicket's calling does not lie in voiceovers. Tim Curry brought out a deeper gravitas in Snicket's books through his performance and I feel that it has been lost some with Snicket's voiceovers. I still recommend the book to anyone though, as the writing is incomparable!
Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Although it has been a few years, my children who are teens still remember these books. We always listened to them on car rides to Cape Cod. I use to have to download the audio books and then burn them onto CDs. Now I just play my ipod through the blue tooth connection on my car. Although the technology has changed, these books are classic. One of the best attributes is that you and your children can learn some big new words. Its great for vocabulary building. If you have a long drive your kids will sit there and listen to these books for hours on end. Since you will be trapped in the car with them, you will also have to like books. I enjoyed listening just as much as they did.
I have shared listening to this book with my daughter, we both enjoyed it very much and has been an ideal way to pass the driving time to and from school, and has elicited great conversation in us. She has read all the actual books and together we have listened to the previous three as well. We'll finish the series, which we find so enjoyable. We recommend it.
The rest of the books in the seires
Very good indeed.
We both laughed and cried!
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